Monday, July 30, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Ramsey and I were watching animals be born on youtube. You can really find anything on there. We came across this and I had to share. It's really funny.
BTW Even after showing the kids lots of animals be born and even one human baby they still are arguing with me that a baby does not come out of a vagina. What else can I do to prove this?! I'm sure not getting pregnant again.
I had never thought to bake broccoli and that is the one thing that I will take away from this recipe. It had a nice texture. As for the seasoning, I didn't care for it. I used half the called for cayenne but it was still to spicy for the kids. I didn't really care for the citrus flavor, either.
The baked potato rounds are another story. Everyone loved these. Ramsey ate all of hers and I never see her finish anything. The potatoes bake pretty quickly and they have a nice seasoning. Next time I'll use more salt.
This afternoon when Teresa was over I made a double batch of Full Meal Muffins from The Vegan Lunchbox blog with 4 bananas on their last leg. I used 2 cups of whole wheat flour, 1 1/2 cups of white flour and a 1/2 cup of soy flour. I didn't have any zucchini so I used shredded carrots instead. We ground the walnuts into a meal because Marcos doesn't like chunks and none of use care. I also soaked the currants in hot water for a few minutes to add a bit of moisture that might be lacking since carrots aren't as juicy as zucchini.
These have a really awesome flavor. All of the kids liked them. The molasses wasn't over powering and they had a light banana flavor. Next time I will grate the carrots smaller. We ended up with 5 dozen mini-muffins. We threw them in some freezer Ziploc bags and now we can pull out a few at a time for kids snacks.
Over all it was a productive day. We had those great Acai bowls for breakfast again and I got a Romertopf Clay Baker to make the vegan "pork" tenderloin that Bryanna Clark Grogan demonstrates on the Everday Dish DVD. I ended up buying the wrong size so I need to go and exchange it. Oh well, I'll have to have another Acai bowl. Poor me.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Today I made the Vegan Chicken Cutlets by Bryanna Clark Grogan. When they were done I cut them into nugget size pieces and dredged them in whole wheat pastry flour, then soy milk, then bread crumbs. After that I fried them in a thin layer of canola oil. They were very tasty with a bit of ketchup to dip them in.
I also made the Chocolate Mint Melties by Dreena Burton. Dreen sure does know her cookies. Actually, I don't think I've ever had a bad recipe from her. These were great. They have two different sources of mint. You use a little bit of mint extract and you also use a chopped up bar of mint dark chocolate.
Joe has stolen my camera for his pilgrimage to Comic Con. So unless he's home before everything is gobbled up, I'm not going to have any pictures.
I highly recommend this DVD.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Anyway, they were very good. I like how the beans turned out. We also had guacamole, soy pepper jack, and the obvious veggies. It crossed my mind to make some sort of rice and then I forgot. I will make sure not to forget next time. I like the texture that rice lends a bean burrito.
There is plenty of beans left over and I have an extra avocado (had to hide it from Isaac) so I know what I'm having for lunch tomorrow. I need bigger tortillas.
On a side note Guadalajara on Mission Gorge, it used to be Los Ponchos, has really good beans. They use vegetable oil, not lard. Also, their Mexican Guacamole has no dairy. I like corn tortillas but I need to check if their flour are lard free also, just so I know.
In her recipe she calls for a 1/2 cup of water or broth. I used water and I also ended up having to double the amount. The recipe had a definite spice from the hot pepper and the cayenne but it lacked the complex background flavors. If I were to make this recipe again I would not use water and hope the broth would boost the richness. I would also use less cayenne.
I also made La Dolce Vegan's Quick Vegetable Rice. Usually I use my rice maker to make rice but I followed the directions and did it on the stove in a saucepan. I think I would use broth in this instead of water also. It only calls for water in the directions but it needs that little bit of a boost in flavor. Other then that, it's a quick and easy rice recipe. I like the spices that are included.
All in all, nothing was amazing but it was good enough.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Tonight I tried out the scalloped potatoes recipe from Vive le Vegan! They have a really good flavor and lots of sauce. It doesn't taste like cheese to me but for some reason it totally sums up what I expect scalloped potatoes to taste like. Sounds kind of odd, I know. I would definitely make these again for a big Sunday dinner or holiday feast.
Along side our scalloped potatoes is the obvious corn and peas. The ugly patty is actually a pretty tasty soy sausage and the bean salad medley is from a Trader Joe's can (it's one of our favorites)
I recommend Dreena Burton once again.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Tonight for dinner I made pizza with soy cheese and seitan pepperoni. (I didn't not make the pepperoni) I took a chance and used the pizza dough recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance. I figured there isn't really a way to mess that up.
One recipe yields two 14 inch pizzas. Since we didn't need two, instead of halving the recipe I decided to make bread sticks. I squeezed the dough into little bread sticks shapes and sprinkled them with Parmesan "Cheese" from The Vegan Family Cookbook. I also used a little bit of the leftover soy mozzarella.
I really liked this crust recipe and will use it again. It worked great for the bread sticks as well. It makes a nice chewy crust. The dough rises for one hour and then you punch it down. It's best to let it rest at least 10 minutes or longer but that's it. It's very quick compared to other dough recipes I have.
I'm still not sure what to think about Vegan with a Vengeance but for tonight I'm happy.
Umm, I finished my bowl of soup by taking a bite of toast ever time I took a spoon full of soup. I was really to lazy to make anything else after we all tasted it. The kids said that this soup tasted like skunk and turned their noses up at it. Joe finished his bowl but when cleaning the kitchen made sure that I didn't want to save the left overs.
That about sums up this experience. Honestly, the Vegan with a Vengeance cookbook is really hit and miss with me. I can't decide if it's some sort of regional/ethnic flair that I'm just not accustomed to, and dislike, or what. Every time I flipped through this cookbook at the store it never looked that great to me. But so many people reference to recipes in VWAV that I cracked and bought it. I've been pretty disappointed ever since.
So, we won't be making this soup again.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
I used the Double Chocolate Almond Explosion Cookies recipe from Vive le Vegan! I replaced the called for amounts of regular chocolate and almonds with my white chocolate chips. I should have also replaced the almond extract with more vanilla extract. The cookies were good but they really didn't need that nut flavor.
They are very pretty cookies and once again I'll say that I love Dreena Burton. I've never had this recipe in it's original form but now I'm anxious to try it. I bet the almonds make them amazing. This recipe doesn't turn out an overly rich, super chocolaty, cookie and I like that.
Next in line I'm thinking something along the lines of white chocolate macadamia nut.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
We went to India Palace on University. They are very accommodating. I had Aloo Matter and it was excellent. Our waiter checked with the chef to make sure there was no ghee used and the chef sent the waiter back to ask which oil I would prefer since he had more then one choice. They were very nice.
Joe had something with lentils that I can't remember but he said that it was good. This is the second time we've visited India Palace and we'll go back again.
From there we walked to Whole Foods to pick up a treat for dessert. I got a Soy Delicious ice cream sandwich and Joe got some sort of healthy cookie.
After that we drove down to All Vegan to look around. Joe got a new pair of flip flops that are very squishy. The lady said they are made out of yoga mat material. We got into a conversation with her about Ramsey because she obsessed with the little kids shirts they have. Ramsey is to small for a 4 but they don't carry 3. It came up about how Ramsey is so little and the lady freaked out. She was drilling me about if she ate enough fat and all this stuff. She said we didn't need any more vegans in the news killing their babies. That was a little insulting. (BTW I don't believe that case has any thing to do with veganism only starvation)
In any case we had a nice evening. I got some white chocolate chips for a future baking adventure with chocolate cookie and white chocolate chips. I have a new chapstick to hide in my pillow case for midnight chapped lips and there are leftovers in the fridge waiting to be tomorrows wonderful lunch. I even had time for a little craft project when we got home. Does everyone love my beautiful shirt? It's a total Sipz knock off. I'm very proud. LOL
Friday, July 13, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
The kids had their usual, orange "chicken".
Joe tried out the sweet & sour "chicken".
I had the Spicy Thai Fried Rice. It was really good. I ordered it medium heat and it was perfect. The flavor was so awesome. It will be hard to try new things on the menu and not to order this all the time.
So, no cooking today. Maybe tomorrow.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
These cookies have a very mild coconut flavor. It almost taste like you have used some coconut oil instead of the shredded coconut that the recipe calls for. The recipe tell you to roll the dough into balls and bake. I found that they stay a little to round for my taste. In the second batch I flattened the balls a bit. That made them the flatter more common cookie shape, when baked.
Either way the cookies had a great texture. Slightly crispy on the outside and chewy inside, my favorite. I would make these again.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
I ended up giving the kids each a bowl of cereal and sat myself down to a nice plate of ratatouille over brown rice. The kids soon came wandering over to check out what I had. They both ended up loving it! Neither child really wanted to have straight bites of tomato but they loved the chickpeas and the rice.
As for myself, I loved it. I take back what I said about chickpeas in a previous post. For the first time I didn't use chickpeas from a can. I used my pressure cooker to make them myself. This made the biggest difference. They were a much better texture. The flavors all blended together very well. We had a bunch of leftovers and had it for dinner again the next day.
This recipe was a pleasant surprise and I'll be making it again.
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Friday, July 6, 2007
I blended together frozen blueberries, two soy yogurts, a banana and some of the DHA Silk. I poured a little of that in a bowl, layered some Ezekiel 4.9 cereal on top of that, another layer of the berry blend, then a layer of cut up fruit.
I think the yogurt made my blend to sweet, but I still finished the bowl. I'm going to have to get some Acai to get that more tart berry flavor. This is such a filling but refreshing breakfast.
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Even though it was lunch time, Ramsey and Isaac still had the organic pancakes. They were thinner then I can ever get them and of course the golden color that I can't obtain either. They were $4. The plates were licked clean. They also shared a young coconut, one of their favorites, for $3. They drank all of the juice and ate the meat as dessert.
We got there around 12:30 and Joe wanted to try the lentil burger but they didn't have the lentils ready yet. So instead he had the garden burger. It was composed of grilled mushrooms, onion, zucchini, braised eggplant and bell pepper. He said that it was good and we all picked at his fries. They had the greatest fries I've had in a long time. Joe's burger cost $8 and kumbucha for $4.
Freaky looking, isn't it? I had the Pad Thai at $8. It was your average Pad Thai except for the soy shrimp. When my plate was set down I couldn't believe how much they looked like shrimp. After my first bite I nearly freaked out. I forced Joe to take a bite to try. They aren't as strongly flavored as I remember shrimp being but the texture is so insanely similar.
We'll be sure to go back to Vegan Zone to see check out the other things they have to offer. I found the prices to be pretty reasonable and the place is cute. There were no other diners when we were there but it is the middle of a Thursday.
Vegan Zone is at 859 Hornblend St, San Diego Ca. 92109. They also deliver 858-272-1913.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Sunday, July 1, 2007
In a past blog entry I mentioned that I give my kids Nutru Omega-Zen-3 Liquid. One bottle holds 150 doses for children of 150 mg. Online and in stores I've mostly seen the drops run about $28.
I decided to do some math to see what the Silk would come out as. A 1/2 cup of Silk has the 150 mg of DHA. A half gallon cost me $3.20. Unless my math is wrong (which would not be that surprising) The prices come out pretty equal with the same doses of Silk being $30 but you're also getting soy milk in the deal.
This soy milk tasted no different to me then any other. There was no fishy smell which the drops do have. The kids haven't minded the fishiness of the drops but we can smell it on them and neither of us can stomach the drops in our own mouths. We've tried the flax oil/dha mix and, unless blended with something, I think it's icky. I have a problem sucking down oil.
To me this soy milk is the greatest idea. I plan on buying this to have around for drinking and cheaper ones for cereal and cooking.
There is a very rich chocolate flavor because of the use of two different types of chocolate, cocoa powder and chocolate chips. I like the flavor of the raspberries but wished that it was a little stronger. I think to make a stronger raspberry flavor it would be best to use a raspberry sauce that could be poured on top.
I really did like this but in the future I will experiment with adding raspberries to the Vice Cream chocolate recipe. I actually prefer that and there are a lot less ingredients. I believe it's just cashews, cocoa powder, vanilla, maple syrup and water. I'm guessing the Vice Cream recipe is a bit healthier.
All in all, it was great. I'd make it again IF I happened to have the ingredients around. More often then not I do not have soy creamer but do have raw cashews. I love all of her flavor ideas and want to experiment with some. Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel sounds like a good place to start.